The Prince of Wales will be opening his gardens at Clarence House, Lancaster House, and Marlborough House in London to the public September 8th through the 19th for an event called The Garden Party to Make a Difference. Featured at the green awareness party will be eco-cars, and a race from Glasgow to London using the environmentally friendly vehicles. The awareness raising event is part of the Prince Charles Foundation’s Start Initiative, which seeks to highlight new sustainable technology and cultural practices. When the project was launched earlier this year, the Prince said the public also needs inspiration to go with the reduce, reuse, and restrain outlook, “A cursory look at most of the web sites that talk about climate change will reveal that it is full of this negative language: “stop,” “cut,” “reduce,” “don’t”. That is only one way of looking at it. Far too few talk about the potential for a sustainable future to be better and more rewarding, both for us and for Nature, than the lives we lead now.”
Of course, he is probably also for reducing overconsumption and cutting back where necessary, but he makes an important point; that we can imagine a future which is not only about personal sacrifice, but is also about new constructive ideas put into action. (The World Wide Web is an example of a technology which was not in use just 20 years ago, but now is constantly sending information around the world, without the use of paper for printing.)
Musicians, and comedians will also be at the event to entertain the audiences. Jools Holland is managing the musical program. There will be a debate with Jonathan Dimbleby, Sanjeev Bhaskar & Clive Anderson. One of the scheduled speakers said of the green garden party, “Having witnessed creative approaches to sustainability in Africa and India, where in most cases it is an essential part of life, it seems only right that we adopt similar attitudes here.” Visitors will be able to see the Prince of Wales’ own vegetable patch and rose garden, says the party’s website. He has been a nature enthusiast and environmental advocate for many years. Several of his personal vehicles have been converted to run on plant-based fuels.
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